March 7, 2006
Deep in the Bowery..
It seems that as of late, Ive gotten a sick addiction to the Bowery Boys. Im actually starting to look FORWARD to seeing their movies. Although the movies dont really change from movie to movie (Leo Gorcy always begins tough but softens by the end, Huntz Hall is there to screech at Gorcy, and Bobby Jordan, the best looking one (hes a real hottie actually) is always there to neutralize everything. For some dumbass reason, and maybe Im not the only one thinking this, Im starting to detect a rather subtle homoerotic undertone to their movies too. That would be a real cool subject to study.
Anyways, on to the movie! In Pride Of The Bowery, for some odd reason, Huntz Hall is missing, not for the plot of the movie, just nada, hes not in the movie at all. Its just Gorcy and Jordan, plus a bunch of kids I didnt recognize. Anyways, Gorcy is training to be a boxer. Amd the gang decide the way to make some money is to go to a work camp. (smart move). Of course Gorcy is butting heads almost immediately with authority figures in the camp, and of course the obligatory boxing match between Gorcy and one of the authority figures there (who, coincidentally, is quite good looking) doesnt solve anything. But soon, yes, Gorcys heart melts for a down-in-his-luck bunkmates tale of woe about his Mom and how she needs money for something. So Gorcy agrees to fight for cash down at the stadium, and soon theres a goyle that wanders into the picture too.
So once again, hyper male-dominated situations, curious shirtless scenss (nearly all the Bowery Boys films has them) and suggestive dialogue.
Yeah, something is not quite right in Bowreyville
April 1, 2004
A rather absorbing feature
I liked this film, once I got past the first 10 minutes or so. Some of the scenes are a bit cliche-ish and over-dramatized (in particular the boxing scenes are pretty blase' by today's standards but by WWII-era standards they were probably pretty good).